Where to Live As Expat Living in Shanghai-Xintiandi

by Maggie
10. September 2015

Life in Xintiandi (Luwan District, which is now merged into Huangpu district)

Xintiandi on the Puxi side is one of Shanghai’s most sought after residential areas, and technically still part of the French Concession. The shopping centers and excellent bars and restaurants along Huaihai Middle Road make this a top downtown location for living. Xintiandi itself is a retail and F&B development established by one of Hong Kong’s largest developers – Shui ON Group. By itself the development is only 2 blocks large, but filled with restaurant, bars and shop. The area around Xintiandi has seen a large influx in the number of high-end, high-rise apartment complexes in recent years, but also sports a number of individually re-developed town and lane houses.

       Pros for living in the Xintiandi Area

·        One of the most prestigious addresses around town
·        Plenty of nightlife and recreation possibilities
·        Convenient mass transport with two subway lines
·        Easy access to Pudong through the new Fuxing tunnel

       Cons for living in the Xintiandi Area

·        The traffic along Huaihai Rd can be extremely congested
·        Xintiandi is considered a high-end budget area
·        Relatively small public green areas
·        Life can get very noisy – especially on the weekends

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